ryan griffis
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Ryan Griffis currently teaches new media art at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He often works under the name Temporary Travel Office and collaborates with many other writers, artists, activists and interesting people in the Midwest Radical Culture Corridor.
The Temporary Travel Office produces a variety of services relating to tourism and technology aimed at exploring the non-rational connections existing between public and private spaces. The Travel Office has operated in a variety of locations, including Missouri, Chicago, Southern California and Norway.

Is MySpace a Place?

Networked Performance pointed me toward an interview (download in PDF)with Networked Publics speaker Henry Jenkins and Networked Publics friend danah boyd about Myspace. The site, popular with teenagers, has become increasingly controversial as parents and the press raise concerns about the openness of information on the site and the vulnerability this supposedly poses to predators (Henry points out that only .1% of abductions are by strangers) and the behavior of teens towards each other (certainly nothing new, only now in persistent form). In another essay on Identity Production in Networked Culture, danah suggests that Myspace is popular not only because the technology makes new forms of interaction possible, but because older hang-outs such as the mall and the convenience store are prohibiting teens from congregating and roller rinks and burger joints are disappearing.

This begs the question, is Myspace media or is it space? Architecture theorists have long had this thorn in their side. "This will kill that," wrote Victor Hugo with respect to the book and the building. In the early 1990s, concern about a dwindling public culture and the character of late twentieth century urban space led us to investigate Jürgen Habermas's idea of the public sphere. But the public sphere, for Habermas is a forum, something that, for the most part, emerges in media and in the institutions of the state:

The bourgeois public sphere may be conceived above all as the sphere of private people come together as a public; they soon claimed the public sphere regulated from above against the public authorities themselves, to engage them in a debate over the general rules governing relations in the basically privatized but publicly relevant sphere of commodity exchange and social labor. The medium of this political confrontation was peculiar and without historical precedent: people's ...


SWITCH: Issue 22

Carlos Castellanos:

HI everyone. Just wanted to announce the new issue of SWITCH:

SWITCH : The online New Media Art Journal of the CADRE Laboratory for
New Media at San Jose State University

http://switch.sjsu.edu switch@cadre.sjsu.edu

SWITCH Journal is proud to announce the launch of Issue 22: A Special
Preview Edition to ISEA 2006/ ZeroOne San Jose.

As San Jose State University and the CADRE Laboratory are serving as
the academic host for the ZeroOne San Jose /ISEA 2006 Symposium,
SWITCH has dedicated itself to serving as an official media
correspondent of the Festival and Symposium. SWITCH has focused the
past three issues of publication prior to ZeroOne San Jose/ISEA2006
on publishing content reflecting on the themes of the symposium. Our
editorial staff has interviewed and reported on artists, theorists,
and practitioners interested in the intersections of Art & Technology
as related to the themes of ZeroOne San Jose/ ISEA 2006. While some
of those featured in SWITCH are part of the festival and symposium,
others provide a complimentary perspective.

Issue 22 focuses on the intersections of CADRE and ZeroOne San Jose/
ISEA 2006. Over the past year, students at the CADRE Laboratory for
New Media have been working intensely with artists on two different
residency projects for the festival – “Social Networking” with Antoni
Muntadas and the City as Interface Residency, “Karaoke Ice” with
Nancy Nowacek, Marina Zurkow & Katie Salen. Carlos Castellanos,
James Morgan, Aaron Siegel, all give us a sneak preview of their
projects which will be featured at the ISEA 2006 exhibition. Alumni
Sheila Malone introduces ex_XX:: post position, an exhibition
celebrating the 20th anniversary of the CADRE Institute that will run
as a parallel exhibition to ZeroOne San Jose/ ISEA 2006. LeE
Montgomery provides a preview of NPR (Neighborhood Public Radio)
presence at ...


Art & Mapping

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) has released a special issue of their journal, Cartographic Perspectives:
Art and Mapping Issue 53, Winter 2006 Edited by Denis Wood and and John Krygier Price: $25
The issue includes articles by kanarinka, Denis Wood, Dalia Varanka and John Krygier, and an extensive catalogue of map artists compiled by Denis Wood.


[-empyre-] Liquid Narrative for June 2006

Christina McPhee:

hi all, I am not sure we got this message out to Rhizome!

Please join our guests this month, Dene Grigar (US), Jim Barrett
(AU/SE), Lucio Santaella (BR), and Sergio Basbaum (BR) , with
moderator Marcus Bastos (BR), for a spirited discussion of "Liquid
Narratives" ----- digital media story telling with a dash, perhaps,
of 'aura' .

Here's the intro from Marcus:

The topic of June at the - empyre - mailing list will be Liquid Narratives. The concept of 'liquid narrative' is interesting in that it allows to think about the unfoldings of contemporary languages beyond tech achievements, by relating user controlled applications with formats such as the essay (as described by Adorno in "Der Essay als Form", The essay as a form) and procedures related to the figure of the narrator (as described by Benjamin in his writings about Nikolai Leskov). Both authors are accute critics of modern culture, but a lot of his ideas can be expanded towards contemporary culture. As a matter of fact, one of the main concerns in Benjamin's essay is a description of how the rise of modernism happens on account of an increasing nprivilege of information over knowledge, which is even more intense nowadays. To understand this proposal, it is important to remember how Benjamin distinguishes between an oral oriented knowledge, that results from 'an experience that goes from person to person' and is sometimes anonymous, from the information and authoritative oriented print culture. One of the aspects of this discussion is how contemporary networked culture rescues this 'person to person' dimension, given the distributed and non-authoritative procedures that technologies such as the GPS, mobile phones and others stimulate.


state of the planet infographics

a small collection of beautiful information graphics documenting the current state of the planet.
see also gapminder & 3d data globe.


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Fwd: AREA SNEAKS: Call for Work

Begin forwarded message:
> Please forward as you see fit.
> AREA SNEAKS: Call for Work
> The historical relationship between art and language has often
> occasioned lively and compelling work. AREA SNEAKS, a new print and
> online journal, seeks to touch the live wire where language and
> visual art meet.
> Gertrude Stein's Paris artist salon, Velemir Khlebnikov and
> Vladimir Tatlin's constructive collaboration, Bernadette Mayer and
> Vito Acconci's editorial partnership, Augusto de Campos's concrete
> engagement with Brazilian modernism and Mike Kelley's interest in
> systems of literary knowledge have each provided potential models
> of positive exchange between artists and writers. AREA SNEAKS hopes
> to maintain this dialogue by creating a fellowship of discourse
> within an open community of contemporary artists and writers.
> AREA SNEAKS seeks work drawn from the full range of visual and
> language arts. We are interested in placing artists and writers
> working in a variety of media and with a variety of materials into
> dialogue. Artist projects, poetry, historical papers, speculative
> essays on art and language, poetics statements, collaborations,
> imaginative theses, conceptual writing, photographic essays,
> performance documents, interviews with artists and writers,
> architectural critiques and film analyses are only a few of the
> types of work we will consider.
> Submissions and proposals are accepted by email and post.
> Deadline for Issue 1: January 15th, 2007.
> Submissions received after January 15th will be considered for
> future issues.
> Email submissions:
> All email submissions or project proposals should be sent to
> areasneaks@gmail.com
> Please send submissions as a Microsoft Word document attachment
> and include a brief cover-letter; images should be sent as an
> attachment in GIF or JPEG formats.
> Postal Submissions:
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> information, and a SASE to
> Joseph Mosconi
> 1588 Oak Grove Dr.
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> obstinacy well beyond anything that is conceivable to other men."


Fwd: Position Announcement: CSUSM

Begin forwarded message:

> Applied Media and/or Technology/Public History
> EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall semester, 2007
> MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in History (in hand by August 2007)
> with experience in applied media and/or technology/Public History.
> The world area of specialization is open and candidates from all
> historical fields will be considered. Candidates must be able to
> teach courses in their world area as well as courses in which
> history students will learn applied aspects of technology and new
> media and/or public history. A successful candidate will be able
> to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with departmental
> colleagues and an ethnically and culturally diverse campus
> community. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to historical
> teaching and scholarship.
> DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated knowledge of and
> experience with applied media and technology as related to the
> presentation and/or teaching of history is required. Skills that
> would be desirable include, but are not limited to, web-based
> technology, documentary film work, electronic/digital archival
> work, and/or other aspects of the digital humanities. While all
> world areas of historical specialization will be considered, some
> preference may be given to specialists in 19th century United
> States History. Training in and/or hands-on experience with Public
> History would also be desirable.
> DUTIES: The successful candidate will teach courses in history at
> the lower division, upper division, and graduate level as well as
> contribute to the university's general education program.
> Specifically, they will develop and teach courses on their world
> area of expertise as well as courses that link applied media and/or
> technology techniques to history. They will collaborate with
> history department colleagues on implementing a new Master of Arts
> degree in History which requires students to gain fluency in
> applied media and/or technology skills as applied to history and
> will assist in the development of the applied aspect of the
> undergraduate history curriculum. Additionally, this person may
> direct internships and will participate in service to the
> department, college, university, and community. Furthermore, a
> successful candidate will maintain an active research agenda and
> continue to make scholarly contributions to the field of history.
> APPLICATION: Review of applications will commence November 1,
> 2006. Position is open until filled and is contingent on funding.
> Applications must include a letter of introduction, a c.v., a short
> writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and a separate
> statement of teaching interests which clearly addresses experience
> with applied technological and media skills. Applications should
> be addressed to:
> Professor Jill Watts
> History Search Committee
> Department of History
> California State University San Marcos
> San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
> CSU San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Title IX
> Employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles
> of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of
> candidates including women, members of minority groups and people
> with disabilities.
> Jill Watts
> Professor of History
> California State University, San Marcos
> (760) 750-4114
> jwatts@csusm.edu


Fwd: position announcement: Art History, U of Illinois

> Position Announcement
> Location of
> Position: Art History Division, School of Art
> & Design
> University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
> Position: Assistant Professor of Contemporary
> Art History, Full-Time,
> Tenure Track
> Salary: Competitive; commensurate with
> experience.
> Responsibilities:
> The Art History Division of the School of Art & Design at the
> University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a
> tenure track, assistant professor of art history in contemporary
> art. Preference will be given to those scholars with teaching
> experience and a promising research profile in art since 1940, with
> an emphasis on contemporary. PhD required, although candidates who
> are ABD and expect to complete their PhD prior to appointment may
> also be considered. We encourage scholars whose research is
> innovative in subject and broad in geographical purview. The
> successful candidate will develop courses for undergraduate and
> graduate students, both general surveys and focused research
> seminars; mentor students on all levels; supervise MA and PhD
> thesis work; and contribute to the overall vitality of the Division
> through participation in the School's Modern Art Colloquium and
> possible collaborations with the School's studio and design
> faculty, the Krannert Art Museum, the newly founded UIUC-Phillips
> Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, and campus
> initiatives in global studies, art and technology, and
> interdisciplinary humanities.
> Proposed Starting Date: August 16, 2007
> Application:
> Submit a detailed letter of application, CV, samples of
> publications and /or dissertation chapters, evidence of teaching
> experience, and request three letters of recommendation be sent
> directly to: Professor Jordana Mendelson, Chair of Contemporary
> Search, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-
> Champaign, 408 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820. Inquiries
> to address above, or to Melissa Madsen at mmadsen@uiuc.edu or
> 217-333-0585.
> To ensure full consideration applications must be received by
> December 1, 2006.
> Further information about the College and School may be found at:
> http://www.faa.uiuc.edu/
> Art History at UIUC
> The Art History Division is one of three programs to offer an
> advanced degree in the history of art, architecture, and landscape
> at UIUC. Of the almost twenty faculty members in these three
> areas, ten hold positions with the Art History Division. Frequent
> collaborations with other departments in the arts and humanities
> are customary, as is a robust program of events, lectures,
> exhibitions, and campus-wide initiatives. The School within which
> the Art History Division is located is one of seven academic units
> of a vibrant college that includes the performing, visual, and
> environmental design arts. Faculty in the Art History Division
> carry a 2-2 course load. UIUC is a Research-1 University that
> supports research through a rich array of grants, travel stipends,
> leave programs, and interdisciplinary centers.
> The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the flagship
> university of the State of Illinois and one of the nation's leading
> public research institutions with an enrollment of 42,000 students.
> The University Library has the largest collection of any public
> university
> in the country with over 10 million volumes. Located in a medium-
> sized city in east central Illinois, which has an affordable cost
> of living, the area is within two to three hours of the urban
> centers of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. The College's I-
> Space gallery in Chicago and the Krannert Art Museum on the Urbana-
> Champaign campus both offer excellent opportunities for research
> and teaching with objects.
> Minorities, women and other designated class members are encouraged
> to apply. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action,
> Equal Opportunity Employer.


Fwd: Mon Oct 2 Terminal Air at CAVS

Mon Oct 02, 2006 00:00 - Tue Sep 26, 2006

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> Center for Advanced Visual Studies / MIT


Jerusalem - there's no such city!


Tourism officials in Israel did little to sell the city of Jerusalem
as a must-see for visitors when a brochure suggested it did not exist.

The sightseeing pamphlet was translated from Hebrew and should have
read: "Jerusalem - there's no city like it!".

But instead the slogan in English read: "Jerusalem - there's no such
city!", reported the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Tens of thousands of the leaflets were distributed before the
Jerusalem municipality realised its mistake.

The flyers were promoting a musical and arts festival held in the
city in August.

Gidi Shermling, spokesman for the Jerusalem municipality, said: "The
flyer was apparently translated by someone outside the municipality.
In new publications this mistake has been removed."

Israel currently claims sovereignty over the entire city of
Jerusalem, and claims it as its capital, after capturing East
Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war.

That claim is not recognised internationally and East Jerusalem is
considered to be occupied territory.

Palestinians hope to establish the capital of an independent state in
East Jerusalem.